The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 10, 2013

ECPS cuts three more teaching positions


TARBORO — The teachers’ lounges in Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) will be a little quieter in the upcoming school year.

On Monday, the Edgecombe County Board of Education unanimously approved ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly’s recommended “Reduction-in-Force,” which cuts three more teaching positions.

 “Edgecombe County Public Schools is facing a major impact on its instructional program based on preliminary reductions in teacher allotments due to the impact of lost ADM (Average Daily Membership) to the local charter school,” Farrelly told the board at the meeting. “It is currently projected that we will have a 14 teacher positional reduction in our state funding for 2013-14.”

Farrelly said attrition (retirement or resignation) would take care of 11 of the teaching positions, but three teachers in the district would lose their jobs as a result of the cuts.

Of the 14 teaching positions the district is losing, one is at G.W. Carver Elementary, one is at Princeville Elementary School, three are at Stocks, four are at W.A Pattillo, two are at C.B. Martin, one is at South Edgecombe Middle and one is at Tarboro High.

Teachers’ lounges aren’t the only part of ECPS school buildings that will be quieter. With the district’s decrease in ADM, the hallways and classrooms will be a little more hushed, as well.

ECPS’ state funding has taken a hit since the opening of North East Carolina Prep School (NECP),  the county’s first public charter school, last August. NECP has more than 900 students on its roster for the upcoming school year and more than 100 students on the waiting list.

“The number of students that have left to go to the charter school, I believe, is 307,” Farrelly told the board. “Most of the students are coming from Pattillo, Martin, Stocks and Carver.”

The result of the decline in ADM is an estimated $769,605 reduction in state planning allotment funding for ECPS for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

ECPS has already cut 10 teaching positions, 16 teaching assistant positions, four Common Core coach positions, and one central office classified position this budget year. The decline in ADM caused by the loss of students to the charter school is the primary reason that Farrelly cited for the cuts.

In other action at Monday evening's meeting, the board:

• Revised the 2013-2014 school year calendar for Edgecombe Early College High School, taking the calendar from 216 days to 215 days by eliminating the May 27 vacation day.

• Approved a cooperative agreement and budget for the 2013-2014 school year between North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Edgecombe Board of Education. The purpose is to provide vocational rehabilitation services for eligible students to assist in the transition from school to work.